|COLONEL JOSEPH H. SCHERRER|
COLONEL JOSEPH H. SCHERRER
Colonel Joseph H. Scherrer is Commander, 689th Combat Communications Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. He leads 1,500 duty Airmen in an expeditionary cyber operations mission that deploys combat commmunications and air traffic control and landing systems capabilities in permissive and non-permissive contingency environments. He advises the 24th Air Force commander on combat communications planning; capability development; and tactics, techniques, and procedures. He is the active duty field interface for 22 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units and their 2,200 Airmen.
Colonel Scherrer was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1989. Colonel Scherrer has participated in several theater operations including Deny Flight, Provide Promise, Joint Forge, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, and Enduring Freedom. He commanded a mission support group, three communications squadrons and served in a variety of engineering, fixed communications, tactical communications, and staff assignments including the Joint Staff.
1989 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
1994 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Master of Science degree in business administration (Overseas Program), Boston University
1998 Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in information systems management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2000 Joint C4I Staff and Operations Course, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2001 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
2003 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, with distinction, Naval War College, R.I.
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2009 Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, with distinction, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Leadership Enhancement Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.
2012 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
October 1989 - February 1990, student, Basic Communications Officer Training school, Keesler AFB, Miss.
February 1990 - June 1992, engineer, 1836th Engineering Installation Group, Lindsey Air Station, Germany
June 1992 - August 1994, chief, Maintenance Control; chief, Small Computer Support Center; wing staff officer, 435th Communications Squadron, 435th Airlift Wing, Rhein-Main AB, Germany
August 1994 - October 1994, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
October 1994 - February 1997, tactical communications engineer; chief, Intelligence Systems Branch, 612th Air Communications Squadron, Headquarters Twelfth Air Force, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
February 1997 - October 1998, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
October 1998 - June 2002, combat systems staff officer; chief, Professional Systems Branch; chief, Missions Systems Division; executive officer to the commander, Air Force Communications Agency, Scott AFB, Ill.
June 2002 - June 2003, student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
July 2003 - October 2004, Commander, 55th Computer Systems Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
October 2004 - July 2005, Commander, 55th Strategic Communications Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
August 2005 - July 2007, action officer, Joint Staff C4 Systems Directorate, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
July 2007 - June 2008, Commander, 51st Communications Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of South Korea
July 2008 - June 2009, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
July 2009 - June 2011, Commander, 75th Mission Support Group, Hill AFB, Utah
June 2011 - present, Commander, 689th Combat Communications Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
Master Cyberspace Operator Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
NATO Medal with service star
1995 Davis-Monthan AFB Company Grade Officer of the Year
1995 HQ 12AF Company Grade Officer of the Year
1996 Air Combat Command Communications and Information Professional of the Year
1998 Rawlings Award (Top Graduate), Air Force Institute of Technology
1999 Rawlings Award (Top Graduate), Advanced Communications Officer Training
1999 Air Force Communications Agency Company Grade Officer of the Year
1999 Air Force Communciations and Information Professional Award
2003 AFCEA Network Warfare Award, best network warfare paper, Naval War College
2007 Joint Staff J6 Action Officer of the Year
2009 Air Force Cyber Award, best cyberspace paper, Air War College
"The Effect of Information Technology Training on Job Performance," Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, October 1998
"The Role of Command and Control in NATO Operation Allied Force," intercom Magazine, November 1999
"Risks and Vulnerabilities of Network-Centric Forces: Insights from the Science of Complexity," Naval War College, Newport, R.I., February 2003
"A Cyberspace Command and Control Model," Maxwell Paper Number 47, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., August 2009
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 19, 1989
First Lieutenant Aug. 1, 1991
Captain Aug. 1, 1993
Major Dec. 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2005
Colonel Oct. 1, 2008
(Current as of February 2012)